Rio, Baby!


I know the summer games ended a month ago, but I just love Brasil!!  The people, the culture, the language, the amazing beaches, and oh the food! So I wanted to give a shout out to one of my favorite countries out there.  I was able to spend quite a bit of time in Southern Brasil. I’d love to go back and see the north… maybe even see the Amazon…but I’m totally freaked out by crazy things that might be hiding in there.  So I’m trying to build up the guts for that one. Anyway, I absolutely fell in love with the food.  The aromas of breads and fruits and even garlic in some places.  I’ll never forget an experience I had with some sugar cane though….let’s just say you shouldn’t drink too much of that stuff no matter how delicious it is (unless you’re doing a cleanse). Anyway, I just wanted to share ONE of my favorite recipes from Brasil.  It’s a staple there, that’s why I picked it.  (Though in Rio, this would be considered poor man’s food.) They make it with the pig snout and ears and everything…to add flavor, they don’t eat that part.  But I just stick with salt pork.


2-3 cups sorted, rinsed dry black beans                                                                 1 salt pork (or bacon, if you can’t find salt pork)                                               1 large sausage, sliced                                                                                                       1 medium onion, chopped                                                                                               2 cloves garlic, minced                                                                                             water to cover everything by 2-3 inches                                                           ~3 Tablespoons flour (mixed with water to form a paste) to thicken after it’s cooked, if needed

Cook for 1 hour in a pressure cooker (after pressurized).  Add flour mixture if it’s too runny when it’s all done.  Simmer, pull out salt pork and serve over rice.

Gostoso! Desfruta! (It’s delicious! Enjoy!)

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